Louise Howze Boyd passed away peacefully in her home on May 12, 2023; the same house in which she was born and raised 100 years prior. Through her life she acquired many nicknames as she took on additional roles: Mutt, Mom, Mamaw, Weezi, Miss Louise, and friend. She was a true southern lady in every way exemplified in her charm, beauty, southern speech, proper etiquette, service to others, humor, love of family, love of her Lord, and being both humble and proud. She was born to Harvey Howze, Sr. and Emma Howze, and was the youngest of six children: Lucile Payne (Ben), Harvey Howze, Jr.(Billie), Mary Morgan ( A.N.), Janie Maxwell (Carlton), and Catherine Gates (Ed), all of which preceded her in death. She met the love of her life, John E. Boyd, Jr., in 1942, but were soon separated by WWII. Upon Dad’s return from overseas in 1944, they were soon married and had a fairytale marriage until his death in 2008. She had two sons, John E. Boyd, III (Barba) and Don W. Boyd (Debbie). She provided a loving, nurturing, protective, and giving Christian home in which to raise us. There was an abundance of joy, sharing, teaching, and always food. She held a very special love for her only grandchild, Ashley Louise Putnam (Bryan). That special love went both ways. Ashley gave her another special love in her great granddaughter, Hayley Louise Putnam.
In her later years she often said she missed our Dad and was ready to be with him. She could not understand why the Lord had not taken her. Family and friends told her that He was not finished with her job here on Earth. So many people have been touched, inspired, and influenced by her. This has been shown in all the prayers, cards, phone calls, and visits she received lately. The words of love and support, stories told, and other remembrances were appreciated. Thank you.
She was raised in the Sledge Methodist Church and spent most of her life in that church. When the Sledge Church was closed she was hurt and had difficulty understanding the loss. She was soon lead to the Crenshaw Methodist Church where she found a new home and friends.
Mom asked that any memorials please be sent to the Crenshaw Methodist Church. There are so many people special to Mom from family, to church members, to neighbors and friends that she loved and that loved her. To try to name all of you would be impossible and we fear we would forget someone. Thank all of you for your very special place in our mother’s life and all that you shared with her.
-John and Don
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